The objective of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) is to ensure the protection of the environment and heritage of Australia and New Zealand.
The National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) has two primary aims:
- National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs)
- Assess and report on the implementation and effectiveness of NEPMs in participating jurisdictions.
The NEPC is a statutory body with law making powers established under the NationalEnvironment Protection Council Act 1994 (Commonwealth), and corresponding legislation in other Australian jurisdictions.
The members of the NEPC are Ministers, not necessarily environment Ministers, from the participating jurisdictions.